Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Wakefield Jobcentre are specifying that claimants must do a minimum of 5 hours a day, 7 days a week (it is being written into their Jobseeker’s agreement with no prior discussion).
When I queried Jobcentre’s authority to specify that job seeking is to be done every day, I was informed that this was something they had been told by the District Manager (Ian Hunter).
1. Can you please let me have information regarding the authority of District Managers to specify jobseeking activity in this way, i.e. requiring activity on 7 days a week.
2. Could you also please let me have the current policy on mandatory work search requirements for JSA and UC, and whether Wakefield Jobcentre is now signing claimants for Universal Credit, and whether there is any difference between the availability for work and jobseeking activity requirements for those two benefits.
3. Could you also please let me have information regarding the requirements for advisers to call jobseekers in for more frequent meetings as a result of their not being given permission to view jobseeker’s Universal Jobmatch activity.
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